The TCU Revenge Tour of 2017 entered Saturday 3-0 against teams that beat the Frogs last season. Make that 4-0.
No. 6 TCU waited out a 3-hour weather delay before the game and another in the fourth quarter to cruise past Kansas State, 26-6 in Manhattan.
The Frogs more or less put the game away on their second possession, which started at the K-State 36-yard line thanks to a 22-yard punt. TCU made the most of the opportunity when Kenny Hill took a 7-yard keeper into the end zone. Two Jonathan Song field goals gave TCU a 13-0 lead, but a fumble by TCU’s Darius Anderson gave Kansas State (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) the ball at the TCU 24.
However, playing behind backup quarterback Alex Dalton with starter Jesse Ertz injured, Kansas State could mount only a 38-yard Matthew McCrane field goal in response.
TCU (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) put the game away to open the second half with its best drive of the day: a 13-play, 75-yard march that ended on a 1-yard Sewo Olonilua plunge. After another weather delay early in the fourth quarter, Olonilua pushed over the exclamation point score with another 1-yard run.
Hill suffered a number of drops from his receivers and still posted a 27-of-37 day for 297 yards with no turnovers. Kyle Hicks led the Frogs on the ground with 16 carries for 58 yards to go with five catches for 50 yards.
Delton was completely limited by TCU’s defense, hitting only 11-of-29 passes for 146 yards with 19 carries for a team-high 39 yards.
If you’re a fan of either TCU or Kansas State, you’re going to have to wait a little while longer than expected to get your fix.
The Horned Frogs and Wildcats were scheduled to kick off their Big 12 tilt at noon ET Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan. However, weather — lightning strikes specifically — has pushed the start of the conference game back to 12:45 ET.
That, of course, is pending any additional lightning in the area.
TCU enters the game winners of five straight and ranked sixth in the country in the Week 6 Associated Press Top 25. K-State, meanwhile, is 3-2 and is coming off a double-overtime heartbreaker of a loss to Texas in Austin last weekend.
Alex Delton‘s first career start could prove to be a doozy.
According to multiple media outlets, Delton is expected to get the start at quarterback for Kansas State when the Wildcats travels to Fort Worth to take on sixth-ranked TCU. Delton would replace starter Jesse Ertz, who reportedly suffered a knee injury earlier on this season but battled through it in the win over Baylor and the double-overtime loss to Texas last weekend.
Delton replaced Ertz in the UT loss, completing 2-of-5 passes for 30 yards. He did most of his damage with his legs, however, carrying the ball for 79 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries.
For his Wildcats career, which consists of eight games, Delton has attempted just 11 passes compared to 43 rush attempts.
This season through five games for 3-2 K-State, Ertz is 29th nationally in passing efficiency (150.2).
And then there were 20.
Tuesday, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award announced that its 47-player preseason watch list has been whittled down to 20. The award has been given annually since 1987 to the to the top quarterback in the country who is either a senior or fourth-year junior for his accomplishments both on and off the field.
“The Golden Arm Award considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor – characteristics that were displayed by my father – to be every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” John C. Unitas, Jr., president of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation and son of the quarterbacking legend in whose honor the award is named. “Despite my Dad’s outstanding accomplishments, he never forgot his humble beginnings and that won him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone who ever knew him.”
Last year’s winner was Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Below is the complete list of the 20 players to survive the latest cut:
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
David Blough, Purdue
Jesse Ertz, Kansas State
Luke Falk, Washington State
Riley Ferguson, Memphis
Ryan Finley, NC State
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi St.
Quinton Flowers, South Florida
Justice Hansen, Arkansas St.
Kenny Hill, TCU
Stephen Johnson, Kentucky
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Trace McSorley, Penn St.
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Brandon Silvers, Troy
Nick Stevens, Colorado St.
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
Mike White, Western Ky.
Logan Woodside, Toledo
As college football begins to hit the midway point in the regular season, the list of championship contenders is beginning to be whittled down. As expected, Alabama and Clemson are still very much in the running, and the two appear to be on a collision course for a third-straight meeting in the College Football Playoff national championship game. And now we have a betting line for whether or not that will actually happen.
Bovada updated its national title odds on Monday as they do every week. Alabama remains the firm favorite with 5/4 odds this week, followed by Clemson at 15/4. Ohio State has the third-best odds once again this week with a 15/2 shot to win it all, followed by Penn State at 10/1. Penn State was previously tied with 12/1 odds with Oklahoma, but the Sooners losing at home to Iowa State led to a tumble in the odds for the Sooners, who are now listed with 25/1 odds to win the national championship.
Florida, Florida State, Louisville, and Utah were among the teams wiped off the board this week.
But if you want to bet on the national championship game being a rubber match between the Crimson Tide and Tigers, then Bovada welcomes your wagers. A bet on a third meeting between Alabama and Clemson currently has 3/1 odds (+300), while a “No” has 1/4 odds (-400). History would suggest a third consecutive meeting in the championship game is not likely to happen, but both schools have looked to be as close to heads and shoulders above the rest of the field as imaginable.